Coast Guard rescues four from burning passenger vessel off Louisiana

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The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(NEW ORLEANS) — The Coast Guard rescued four people from a vessel that caught fire in Chandeleur Sound, La., on Monday.

Watch standers at the 8th Coast Guard District in New Orleans received a report at 2:36 a.m. that the passenger vessel Grand Sun was on fire near the Chandeleur Islands.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watch standers directed the launch of an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter crew from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans to assist the people.

The air crew arrived on scene at 3:52 a.m. and recovered the four people from the boat.

The air crew transported the people to emergency medical services at Air Station New Orleans.

Sector watch standers directed the launch of a 45-foot response boat-medium crew from Coast Guard Station Venice to monitor the vessel’s location and check for possible pollution.

By Professional Mariner Staff